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Scoreboard
San Francisco (13-4-0) «6701023
Green Bay (8-8-1)01001020
Game Leaders
 Green Bay Packers Arizona Cardinals
Pass: Aaron Rodgers (28-42, 422) Kurt Warner (29-33, 379)
Rush: Ryan Grant (11-65) Beanie Wells (14-91)
Rec: Jermichael Finley (6-159) Steve Breaston (7-125)
Grades
NFL
B
Complete Report Card NFL
B-

Warner was sensational, carving up the Green Bay secondary. He made throw after throw after throw. It's hard to believe that was the same Packers' defense that finished second in total defense during the regular season. The good thing to come out of this game is how great Aaron Rodgers played.
 
Judgements
Green Bay should be steamed, and not because it lost a game it felt it should have won. Officials flat-out missed two blows to Aaron Rodgers' head in overtime, and one was on the last play when Michael Adams nailed Rodgers in the facemask. The other? It was two snaps earlier when the Packers, not the Cards, were penalized. Huh? I thought the NFL was trying to protect the quarterback. I also thought the playoffs featured the game's best officials. Somebody please explain and make it snappy.
Top Performers
Cardinals
Cardinals QB Kurt Warner Kurt Warner completed 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns in what became a fiercely-contested offensive shootout.

Cardinals DB Michael Adams Michael Adams forced Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to fumble the ball in OT, allowing Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby to recover the ball and run it in for the game-winning score.
Packers
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers had a remarkable performance despite having the ball stripped for the game-ending score. Rodgers finished with 422 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley Jermichael Finley led the Packers in receiving with six catches for 159 yards, including one for a 44-yard gain.
 
 
Photo Gallery
Cardinals' LaRod Stephens-Howling is stopped short of the end zone by Packers' Tramon Williams, Brandon Chillar and Atari Bigby during the first half. (AP)
Expert Picks (against the spread)
ExpertPickReason
Harmon: The Packers offense -- particularly QB Aaron Rodgers -- has been on a roll, and the Green Bay defense is among the league's best.
Prisco: The Cardinals are much better than they showed last week and they've been down this road before. I think Kurt Warner outguns Aaron Rodgers.
Judge: Hottest NFC team in playoffs.
Madden: The Packers could be this year's NFC darkhorse.
Richard: Not many people have an idea of how impressive the Packers are. They don't carry a single weakness right now, and they have enough firepower to take down the Cardinals in consecutive weeks.
Urbano: It's time for Aaron Rodgers to make Packers fans forget about No. 4.
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Recap
Video Recap (AP) Karlos Dansby's 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown in overtime gave the Arizona Cardinals a 51-45 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the highest-scoring playoff game in NFL history.
 
Aaron Rodgers, who started the game with an interception but was marvelous after that, was stripped by Michael Adams. The ball careened off Rodgers' foot and into the hands of Dansby, who ran untouched for the score.
 
Rodgers flung his helmet to the sideline in disgust as the reigning NFC champion Cardinals rushed the field to celebrate.
Community Take
TMW66: Neither of these teams belong in the playoffs. What a joke! This game was worse than a high school football game. I can't imagine this Cardinal team stopping the Saints, and the Packers so called ~Sdefense~T couldn't stop my dead grandmother from scoring on them. How many wide open receivers did Aaron Rogers miss in this game? I just wasted three hours of my life....
marked4life: The Cardinals, sans their second receiver, just torched the second-best defense in the league. If they continue like this, Arizona will not lose. Who needs defense when you can hang 50 on your opponent? Warner is just unconscious right now. In the playoffs, it's like the guy just turns on the switch or something. I dunno. And what happens when they get Anquan Boldin back? Yikes.
 
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